The Building Department is responsible for building and zoning administration. The Building Department issues all permits for construction, demolition, and occupancy; oversees signage and buildings within the City of South Bend and St. Joseph County to insure that they are constructed and maintained according to building and zoning codes. The Building Department issues and monitors contractor registrations and licenses, and also reviews and enforces Design Review standards in the City of South Bend.
Area Board of Zoning Appeals
The Area Board of Zoning Appeals hears and determines both appeals from decisions made by the Building Commissioner and requests for variances or special exceptions and special uses to the terms of the zoning ordinance.